ASUS announces Fonepads, MeMO Pads, Transformers at IFA 2013


ASUS announced several new devices today in conjunction with IFA 2013. The devices include a couple Fonepad devices in the 6- and 7-inch range, 8- and 10-inch MeMO Pad tablets, and a couple Transformer devices. The Fonepad 7 is a 7-inch tablet with telephony features for folks who might prefer a speaker phone setup, or holding a really big device up to their head. The Fonepad 7 has a 1280×800 LCD display, a 5 MP rear facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, runs Android 4.2 and is powered by an Intel ATOM dual-core processor. Three versions with 8, 16 or 32 GB of storage will be available and a microSD slot is included for expansion.

Joining the Fonepad 7 is the Fonepad Note 6. The Fonepad Note 6 is smaller, but does pack a 1080p LCD display, 8 MP rear facing camera, and 2GB of RAM. The Fonepad Note 6 also includes a stylus so users can take advantage of handwriting apps and get an additional input method.

If you are looking for something a little larger, ASUS has released their MeMO Pad devices in 8- and 10-inch sizes. Both versions are equipped with quad-core processors, 1280×800 LCD screens, 5 MP rear cameras, 1 GB of RAM, and run Android 4.2. Where they differ, other than size, is in battery size with the 10-inch version getting a 5070 mAh battery versus the 8-inch versions 3950 mAh battery. The MeMO Pad 10 will be available in 8 and 16 GB versions where the MeMO Pad 8 will only come with 16 GB of storage.

If a budget tablet is not your thing, then the ASUS Transformer Pad TF701 may be for you. This 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 2560×1600 LCD screen backed with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64 GB of storage. The Transformer will come with Android 4.2 installed. True to the name, the device can be “transformed” with a keyboard dock that gives the device a traditional laptop form factor.

The final device announced by ASUS is the Transformer Book “Three-in-One” device. The Book is an ultra-portable laptop with a detachable screen that lets it function as a tablet and dual boots Windows 8 and Android 4.2. Several processor options will be available, from an Intel ATOM up to an Intel Core i7. When docked, the device has 4 GB of RAM available, but only 2 GB available when detached in tablet form. The screen is 11.6-inches in size and displays at a full 1080p.

ASUS has not released pricing or availability information yet.

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.